Tape-as-a-Service, a tool against Ransomware

Tapes, they sound like ‘old technology’ compared to the modern cloud backup systems available in the market today. But, as ransomware becomes a significant threat to organisations, there has been a resurgence in the use of tape backup as an ‘air-gapped’ mechanism to protect and recover data.

As we mentioned in previous blog posts, ransomware seeks to encrypt data and prevent users from accessing it. For businesses, this can be detrimental to their day-to-day operations, cause financial losses as well as damage to their reputation when they are unable to satisfy their customers.

Over the past few years there has been an exponential increase in the use of disk backup and/or cloud backup – which help organisations reduce downtime and avoid financial and reputational damage. However, as technology evolves, so do cyber threats, and cyber criminals are now able to compromise entire network systems including cloud backups and disk backup systems, leaving organisations at risk of losing both their local data and backups.

To overcome this problem, service providers like Covenco Recovery Service now recommend organisations follow the 3-2-1 rule – the strongest approach for both backup and recovery. This model requires organisations to have three copies of their data across two different media formats (two separate backups) and one copy of their data offsite.

Tape backup plays a key role in providing a second media to disk backup and can crucially be ‘off-site’. Differently from disks and cloud backups, tapes are completely disconnected from any network and are physically air-gapped. This allows them to have an ‘advantage’ over any type of cyber threat that might hack an organisation’s network.

Tape backup allows organisations to recover their data, get operations up and running and avoid paying a ransom, even if their entire network is compromised. So, if you use disk backup and/or cloud backup to take advantage of the speed and availability they provide, you should still consider having a tape solution.

Tape backup is low cost and durable (tapes can be read after years in storage), however it is important to find a service provider that provides vaulting services to protect your tapes from physical threats (e.g. fire, flooding etc.).

In partnership with Veeam, Covenco Recovery Services has recently added Tape-as-a-Service (TaaS) to its service portfolio. Get in touch with our team to find out more.